CHAMPION: Brayden Canniford recorded the highest kick in Australia at the ISKA national titles.
CHAMPION: Brayden Canniford recorded the highest kick in Australia at the ISKA national titles. Contributed

South Burnett karate student a kick above

KARATE: It takes hard-work and dedication to be the best in Australia and South Burnett karate student Brayden Canniford has proven he has what it takes to take on the best and come out on top.

The 21-year-old Karate For Kids student, who trains in Kingaroy and Nanango earned the title of having the highest kick in Australia following his performance at the International Sport Karate Association national titles in Sydney on November 16 and 17.

Geoff French from Karate For Kids said it was a champion effort from Canniford who stepped up and performed when it mattered.

"I know of his ability to perform well, but it is hard when you are going against Australia's best," he said.

"I had a good feeling he would place and he surprised us.

"He has been getting a lot of congratulations from people and I think he is enjoying his moment."

Canniford first stepped into the dojo 10 years ago when he was 11-years-old and French said it was great to see how far he had come since.

"We have watched him come through and it has built so much confidence in him," French said.

Canniford is in the process of applying for the Australian Federal Police and French said the skills he had developed in karate were helping him through the process.

"The competition helps him learn how to manage and deal with the pressure and we wish him all the success," he said.

Next year, up to 25 students from the South Burnett will compete the ISKA world titles.

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